21-year-old critical after crash involving Collier deputy squad car

— New details have come out about Thursday night’s accident in Golden Gate, between a Collier County Sheriff’s squad car and another car.

Florida Highway Patrol reports, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala being driven by 21-year-old Andre Rakes was stopped facing west on 22nd Place S.W. at the stop sign at Santa Barbara Boulevard. Meanwhile a Collier County Sheriff’s Office 2005 Ford Crown Victoria being driven by Deputy Jessie Todd was headed northbound on the outside lane of Santa Barbara Boulevard approaching 22nd Place S.W.

Reports said the CCSO K-9 unit was in emergency mode, with its emergency lights and siren activated en route to a call. According to Collier County Sheriff’s Office officials, the K-9 unit was on the way to assist with a foot pursuit in North Naples when the crashed occurred.

At about 9:45 p.m., Florida High Patrol reports said Rakes drove the Impala forward into the intersection and the squad car’s path.

Deputy Todd steered the Crown Victoria to the left and braked, reports said, but the squad car still hi the Impala’s left side.

Both vehicles were redirected northwest and came to a rest north of the intersection, alongside the southbound lanes of Santa Barbara Boulevard, reports said.

“I heard it,” said Kelly Komatz, 34, who lives nearby. “It sounded like a shotgun blast.”

The crash closed Santa Barbara Boulevard from Coronado Parkway to just south of Hunter Boulevard.

Collier County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jamie Mosbach said the sheriff’s deputy received minor injuries in the crash and that the dog was not injured.

Naples resident Rakes was taken by medical helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital. As of 4 p.m. Friday he remained in critical condition.

Mosbach said that the North Naples chase started at 9:43 p.m. near Los Olivos Lane in the Delasol community, and was part of a burglary investigation earlier in the day.

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